At , using the call sign "Cactus 1539" , the flight radioed air traffic controllers at New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON)"Hit birds. We're turning back towards La Guardia." Passengers and cabin crew later reported hearing "very loud bangs" in both engines and seeing flaming exhaust, then silence from the engines and smelling the odor of unburned fuel in the cabin. PA-3 ladies and gentlemen all electronic devices have to be turned off at this time, anything with an on off button must be in the off position. HOT-1 I was hoping we could land on four and takeoff on three one, but it didn't quite work out that way. RDO-2 Cactus fifteen forty nine is uh over BIGGY seven one three four, and three sixty and up to five thousand. Responding to the captain's report of a bird strike, controller Patrick Harten gave the flight a heading to return to La Guardia and told him that he could land to the southeast on Runway 13. Sullenberger asked if they could attempt an emergency landing in New Jersey, mentioning Teterboro Airport in Bergen County as a possibility; air traffic controllers quickly contacted Teterboro and gained permission for a landing on runway 1. HOT-1 yeah too bad they aren't still using three one... HOT-2 well we can make an attempt to beat Northwest here anyways. HOT-2 so we can make an attempt to beat Northwest but he's already starting isn't he. and we have to pull up before we can even start on this. PA-3 good afternoon ladies and gentlemen welcome on board US Airways flight fifteen forty nine, with service to Charlotte. Air temperature at the time was about 20 °F (-7 °C), and the water was 36 °F (2 °C). if needed oxygen masks will be released from the overhead, to start the flow of oxygen, reach up and pull the mask toward you, fully extending the plastic tubing. HOT-1 yeah, this guy was giving the signal but I asked and he said no wait just a second. There were five serious injuries, one of which was a deep laceration in flight attendant Doreen Welsh's leg. place the mask over your nose and mouth, place the elastic band over your head. the plastic bag does not inflate when oxygen is flowing. as a reminder smoking is prohibited in all areas of the aircraft including the lavatories. US Airways Flight 1549 was a scheduled commercial passenger flight from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina that, on January 15, 2009, was successfully ditched in the Hudson River adjacent to midtown Manhattan six minutes after takeoff from La Guardia Airport after being disabled by striking a flock of Canada Geese during its initial climb out. The bird strike, which occurred just northeast of the George Washington Bridge about three minutes into the flight, resulted in an immediate and nearly complete loss of thrust from both engines.
The captain was Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, 57, a former fighter pilot who had been an airline pilot since leaving the Air Force in 1980. The flight attendants were Donna Dent, Doreen Welsh, and Sheila Dail.
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First Officer Skiles was at the controls of the flight when it took off to the northeast from Runway 4 at p.m., and was the first to notice a formation of birds approaching the aircraft about two minutes later, while passing through an altitude of about 3,200 feet (980 m) on the initial climb out to 15,000 feet. The windscreen quickly turned dark brown and several loud thuds were heard.
Both engines ingested birds and immediately lost almost all thrust. Sullenberger took the controls, while Skiles began going through the three-page emergency procedures checklist in an attempt to restart the engines. CAM [sound similar to cockpit door closing] HOT-1 got the newest Charlotte.